Goffstown High graduates celebrate their successBy JULIE HANSON
Union Leader Correspondent
June 18. 2014 9:55PM
GOFFSTOWN — Cheers filled Sullivan Arena at St. Anselm College Wednesday evening as about 270 Goffstown High School graduates received their diplomas.
Senior Timothy Andrews, third honors, began his remarks by asking what people saw as they looked at the class of 2014 graduates. Looking over the sea of white and maroon caps and gowns, Andrews said he sees opportunity emerging. Recapping years of hard work and achievements, he asked the class to savor the day.
“This is our moment, class of 2014, but don’t get comfortable, we can’t live here,” Andrews said.
Taking the time to thank the people who invested in them, Andrews urged his classmates to invest in others and make it the start of something bigger.
In her salutatory speech, Hannah Collimore said she set aside her goal of giving an unforgettable speech based on her 18 years of accumulated wisdom, choosing instead to give a “more mediocre speech.”
“On my own I am ordinary, I fall somewhere in the middle,” Collimore said. “On the whole, this class falls somewhere around extraordinary.”
She outlined the many ways the students have affected the school and larger community through volunteering and other efforts. Each person contributed what they could, Collimore said, and together their impact proved boundless. Each member of the class will go on to do something incredible, she said.
Valedictorian Nicholas Flanders said the class shouldn’t expect to hear any of the usual clichés in his address.
“Frankly, I can’t be sure they’re true,” Flanders said. “At this point the prologue is all we know.”
As graduates they are anxious to start the next phase but nervous about the uncertainty in the present, he said.
“Our lives are about to change and we need to adapt accordingly,” he said.
They have gained a knack for knowing how to adapt over the last four years, Flanders said. A diverse group of athletes, artists, scholars and others have formed a tight-knit community, he said. Through shared experiences he said they have grown and matured together.
“Let’s prove that we are indeed the leaders of tomorrow and every one of us will make a difference in the world even of it’s in a small way.”
The class spilled out into the arena after the ceremony to celebrate with family members.
Christina Champagne said she was relieved to have graduated and excited to be attending Clark University next fall.
“It’s scary, but good,” McKenzie said about graduating. “It’s kind of overwhelming.”